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Lasers Med Sci. 2014 Mar;29(2):493-9. doi: 10.1007/s10103-013-1453-8. Epub 2013 Oct 5.

Socio-economic impact of endovenous thermal ablation techniques.

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Academic Section of Vascular Surgery, Department of Surgery and Cancer, Imperial College London, 4th North, Charing Cross Hospital, Fulham Palace Road, London, W6 8RF, UK.

Abstract

Varicose veins are common and cause extensive morbidity; however, the value of treatment is under-appreciated. Many procedures allow the treatment of varicose veins with minimal cost and extensive literature supporting differing minimally invasive approaches. In this article, we investigate the current literature regarding treatment options, clinical outcome and the cost-benefit economics associated with varicose vein treatment. The practice of defining clinical outcome with quality of life (QOL) assessment is explained to provide valid concepts of treatment success beyond occlusion rates.

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24091792
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10.1007/s10103-013-1453-8
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